Yes, I’m still in the midst of a mess here in my art studio, and most likely I always will be. When our guests came for Memorial Day I made no apologies. It is what it is. They were still thrilled to visit the studio, see the artwork I have on display, and take a peek at a few works currently in progress.
All the same, I’m hoping to bring a bit of order to the chaos here, and I made a good start yesterday by getting the clutter off my desk and using it for only my “art essentials” — which at the moment include my can filled with watercolor brushes, a supply of drawing pencils, an eraser, and miscellaneous tools like scissors, Exacto knife, a letter opener, and a hole punch.
This morning I went browsing a bit for ideas on how to better organize my art studio. I not only found a few ideas, but I also came across Inside the Art Studio: A Guided Tour of 37 Artists’ Creative Spaces. The link here will take you to Amazon, and you can also find the book available through other used book sellers. It would definitely be an interesting book to have in the studio.
While the book is a bit costly, you can also virtually visit many artists’ studios online. My Modern Met will take you on a tour of 8 Famous Artists’ Studios. They explain:
By exploring artists’ studios, we can get a feel for their creative approach; from the way they chose to arrange their art supplies to the view from their desk, the details found in their surroundings help paint a picture of their practice. While most artists’ ateliers either have not survived or exist behind closed doors, some are open to the public—and most have even stayed true to the artists’ visions.
The studios featured in this article include those of:
- Frido Kahlo
- Paul Cezanne
- Barbara Hepworth
- Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock
- Claude Monet
- Georgia O’Keefe
- Auguste Rodin
And so my morning has been spent visiting other studios instead of straightening up my own. It’s been an enjoyable time, and it’s helped me understand more and more how important it is that my personal studio reflect who I am — and who I am, plain and simple, is messy and always a bit disorganized. I couldn’t work or play in a space that was too neat, too well-organized.
A studio can be many things. It’s a creative space. It’s a retreat from the rest of the world. It’s a workshop where exciting things happen. We may enjoy having a studio with our works on display for visitors to browse — and possibly buy. Or, like Gustav Klimt, we may say “No unannounced visitors allowed.”
I do love my art studio. I wish it were a bit more organized, but not too much so. I like the creative energy of artwork and colors and paints and brushes here and there. I like the atmosphere in my studio. For me, it’s a place where magic happens. It’s also a place where I can sit quietly when I need to be alone. Whether I’m ecstatic about a painting I’ve done or down-hearted about a failed art project, I can feel those emotions here in my studio. It’s my place. I think that’s the most important element in any art studio. We have to make it our own.